Winter activity for every season, thanks to Lemberg Wine Estate


Every year in June, the town of Tulbagh hosts a ‘Christmas in Winter’ themed event. The historic Church Street gets blocked off, clad in Christmas décor and all the wine farms in the surrounding area offer a special event to welcome visitors to the region.

We were fortunate to be invited by Suzette van Rensburg for their legendary cheese fondue and wine pairing, which they serve every year at this event. - Henk du Bruyn and Suzette van Rensburg started Lemberg Wine Estate in 2007.

On arrival, we were welcomed with a glass of their Sauvignon Blanc 2017 white wine and shown to our table, which was set in the cellar, amongst the barrels.

After we settled down and warm up a bit, a burner with a big pot arrived as well as plates with freshly-baked bread, fresh apples cut in wedges and raw cauliflower buds.

The pot was filled with a tantalising, thick melted cheese sauce. We filled up our glasses with the Lemberg Cape Blend 2013. The blend is made from 55% Syrah, 30% Pinotage and 15% Pinot Noir and the fresh, red fruit flavours of the wine paired very well with the richness of the cheese.

The apple, dipped in the cheese sauce, was surprisingly my favourite and has since become a standard part of our cheese fondue when I make it at home. This cheese fondue does not have to be only served in the winter and can easily be adapted to cater for everyone palate.

I highly recommend that you use the cheese from Klein River, but if you can’t find it, just make sure you use a high quality, flavourful replacement and, of course, make sure you have wine from Lemberg.

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